crumbling conclusion

Mohammad Ali1

Senior Member
Persian
Old Henry Reifsneider and his wife Phoebe were a loving couple. You perhaps know how it is with simple
natures that fasten themselves like lichens on the stones of circumstance and weather their days to a crumbling
conclusion.
The great world sounds widely, but it has no call for them. They have no soaring intellect. The
orchard, the meadow, the corn-field, the pig-pen, and the
chicken-lot measure the range of their human activities
Source: THE LOST PHOEBE By THEODORE DREISER
What is the meaning of a crumbling conclusion here?
 
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